First Year Programs

First Year Programming has been developed to assist new students in their transition from to Texas A&M, by aiding students in navigating the collegiate environment, establishing relationships, and honing skills for personal success.  Through targeted programming, Multicultural Services fosters satisfactory academic performance, meaningful connection with peers, and a sense of belonging to the Texas A&M campus community.

Excellence uniting Culture, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL) is a student organization designed to help new  students find academic, social, and personal balance at Texas A&M.  ExCEL assists students interested in engaging with the African American Aggie community in making a smooth transition during the first year as an Aggie, through a conference during Howdy Week, cultivating relationships between peers and mentors, providing a sense of belonging, offering academic personal support, and serving as a resource.

ExCEL Conference

ExCEL launches with the ExCEL Conference the Friday before fall classes. During the conference, students become familiar with the year-long program, as they are assigned upper-class peer mentors and a peer group. The Conference consists of motivational speakers, dialogue within the peer groups, developmental series focused on personal development and community, and meet and greet mentor activities.

Membership Fee: $50 (one-time fee)

Year-long Program

Following the conference, academic, social, and cultural activities begin through the close of the spring semester.  Activities include a community events, seminar series covering topics relevant to African American students, mentor engagement activities, community service projects, and socials!

Advisor: Dr. Tonya Driver –

Welcome Social

Howdy Class of 2022!

The Department of Multicultural Services (DMS) hosts a free annual “Welcome Social,” where freshmen can connect with other new Aggies, student leaders, staff, and faculty before school starts. This event is held the week before classes start.

We look forward to seeing you and hope you take advantage of this opportunity to acclimate yourself to life at Texas A&M University. Please be on the look out for your invitation.  If you have any questions, please call 979.862.2000.

 Welcome Social 2018
Friday, August 24th
MSC 2300


Welcome Social 2014